July 28, 2006
Acura TL becomes company’s first U.S. model exported to China
The first Chinese-market Acura TLs arrive the port of Shanghai earlier this week. Click image to enlarge
Torrance, California – Acura has announced that it will export the TL to China, the first U.S.-made vehicle in the company’s line-up to be sent to that country. The TL will be sold at newly-constructed Acura dealerships in key metropolitan areas of China beginning in September; the first vehicles were delivered to the port of Shanghai earlier this week. The TL was designed and developed in the U.S., and is built in Marysville, Ohio; it is also exported into Canada and Mexico.
“We are excited about Acura’s expansion to China this year and look forward to launching the brand in Japan in 2008,” says John Mendel, senior vice president automobile operations. “China is one of the fastest growing markets in the world and we are confident that Acura will be at the forefront of China’s luxury automobile market.”
The TL will be sold in China alongside the top-of-the-line RL sedan; the company is projecting sales of 3,000 Acura vehicles during the first twelve months of operation.